A Wandering Foreigner

Just a girl on the road

Culture Shock, Solo Travel, Travel Log

Culture Shock: It’s a thing

I’m here! In Panama City! It’s freaking beautiful and warm, and I am so culture shocked it’s crazy. It’s not that I’m shocked by what I see, hear, taste or smell, it’s that I’m in a completely foreign country alone where I don’t know the language at all (last night I very quickly realized that my Spanish is terrible and those eight years I spent studying in high school and college have  ...

Solo Travel, Travel Log

And So It Begins

Well, the day has finally arrived. I’m currently typing on my newly purchased iPad mini in the Boise, Idaho airport, as I write my final pre-adventure blog post. It’s crazy that this day is finally here. It actually hasn’t fully hit me yet. As I dropped my backpack off at the check-in counter this morning, the United Airlines attendant asked, “What are you going for?” and I replied, “Just to travel for  ...

Travel Advice, Travel Planning

My Packing List

We’re two days away to take off (eeeek!) and I’ve been trying to pack for about three weeks now… I’ve actually been working on this list for months, strategically trying to wrap my brain around what I’ll want and need for four months. I’ve read countless blogs on what to take and what I’ll need. What I hear/read the most is, “Lay everything out you want to pack and then cut it in half.”  ...

Travel Log

What I Hope To Learn During My Solo Travels

In three weeks, I’m leaving for Panama. Last Friday was my last day at one of my two jobs and it’s now getting to crunch time. I still have a list a mile long of things that need to get done before I leave and now it’s a matter of staying focused as the weeks quickly pass by. The list includes: Immunization shots (next week) Talk to Verizon about an international plan (happening today) Buy travel insurance Do my taxes  ...

Inspiration, Travel Log

44 Days and Counting… Hello 2015!

The holidays are over and it’s a brand new year. Welcome, 2015! I’m so excited you’re here and I’ve got a good feeling about you. I looked at the calendar yesterday and I’m T-44 days away to take off. I can’t believe it. Excited is an understatement and nervous is pretty spot on when it comes to my current emotions. It’s starting to hit me that I’m leaving next month. By myself. For a foreign  ...

Idaho, Travel Planning

Backpacking to Goat Lake, Idaho

As I plan my solo adventure through South America, I’m attempting to get myself in shape so I can tackle any and all obstacles put in front of me. Ya know, so I can feel confident about myself in whatever situation I’m put into. Sitting behind a computer at a desk for the last five years has left me… soft, and it’s time to toughen up. With that in mind, the other weekend a friend invited me on a backpacking trip with  ...

Inspiration

Why I’m Owning My Fears of Traveling Solo

You never know what kind of response you’ll get when you tell people you’re planning a backpacking trip to South America as a solo female traveler. About 50 percent say, “Good for you! You’re going to have an amazing time and meet so many people – you’ll never actually be alone.” The other half give me a very concerned look and say something like “Do you know what you’re getting yourself  ...

Inspiration

4 Ways To Stay Motivated With Your Travel Goals

I have five months until I leave for South America but it feels like a lifetime away at times. When the end seems to be nowhere in site, it can be difficult to stay motivated, save money and keep your goals at the forefront. I’m no expert at this point, but I am learning along the way how I best to motivate myself to follow through. Here are four things I’m doing to stay motivated and make the trip feel real. 1) Research Where  ...

Inspiration

The Beginning

Casey. That’s me. At age 10. I’ve started what many tell me will be the greatest adventure of my life. On August 8, 2014, I walked away from a career in public relations to begin my own personal growth in a journey that will take me to places I’ve only dreamed. My whole life I’ve been a very goal-oriented person. I’m a Virgo, a natural-born planner with one foot in front of the other in what I thought was the  ...